Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes
Illustration by John Hersey

Setting the administration theme


From:

Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

with Chris Charlton

Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Video: Setting the administration theme

Earlier, we learned that Drupal can have more than one theme enabled. A great use of this feature is when a site would like to have one theme for visitors, and one theme for its site administrators. In this video, I will show how to select an administration theme that only site admins will get to see, while everyone else will continue to see the default site theme. So to set the Drupal administration theme, we're going to be visiting a new screen that we have not seen yet in this course, and that's the Administration Theme page.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 8m 19s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      7m 16s
  2. 5m 17s
    1. Learning about Drupal themes
      2m 0s
    2. Building sites today with Drupal
      1m 7s
    3. Required knowledge and software
      2m 10s
  3. 22m 26s
    1. Installing Drupal 6 using Acquia
      4m 4s
    2. Configuring the appropriate modules for a Drupal site
      1m 59s
    3. Creating pages with standard node content types
      4m 36s
    4. Creating custom node content types
      6m 19s
    5. Adding RSS secondary content
      3m 11s
    6. Finalizing site navigation
      2m 17s
  4. 21m 47s
    1. Installing the Theme Developer module (aka Devel)
      6m 27s
    2. Ensuring cross-browser compatibility with conditional style sheets
      5m 3s
    3. Using Firefox extensions for site development
      6m 57s
    4. Working with Dreamweaver
      3m 20s
  5. 35m 13s
    1. Choosing a default theme
      2m 5s
    2. Touring the core themes
      5m 25s
    3. Configuring global theme features and post settings
      4m 46s
    4. Adding a logo and shortcut icon (favicon)
      4m 7s
    5. Setting the administration theme
      4m 0s
    6. Installing a new theme
      3m 47s
    7. Positioning blocks in theme regions
      5m 56s
    8. Setting user theme permissions
      5m 7s
  6. 40m 36s
    1. Using the Color module to change color schemes
      5m 0s
    2. Preparing to build a sub-theme
      7m 13s
    3. Building a sub-theme: Creating the .info file
      8m 51s
    4. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom styles (CSS)
      7m 25s
    5. Building a sub-theme: Adding custom theme regions
      12m 7s
  7. 35m 0s
    1. Exploring a theme folder
      3m 19s
    2. Setting up a theme .info file
      4m 7s
    3. Adding styles (CSS) to a theme
      7m 9s
    4. Including a style sheet for right to left readers
      1m 43s
    5. Creating a print style sheet
      3m 30s
    6. Adding JavaScript to a theme
      5m 49s
    7. Adding graphics and images to a theme
      3m 7s
    8. Understanding theme templates (tpl.php)
      3m 19s
    9. Understanding template variables
      2m 57s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Understanding page templates
      8m 2s
    2. Creating a template to theme every page (page.tpl.php)
      6m 54s
    3. Creating a template to theme just the front page (page-front.tpl.php)
      4m 33s
    4. Creating a template to theme individual pages (page-node-nid.tpl.php)
      3m 43s
    5. Creating a template for "site offline" maintenance pages
      7m 21s
  9. 13m 20s
    1. Understanding node templates
      4m 24s
    2. Creating a template to theme every node (node.tpl.php)
      2m 16s
    3. Creating a template to theme custom node types (node-type.tpl.php)
      5m 10s
    4. Discovering node templates using the theme developer module
      1m 30s
  10. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding block templates
      3m 32s
    2. Creating a template to theme every block (block.tpl.php)
      2m 37s
    3. Creating a template to theme an individual block (block-module-delta.tpl.php)
      8m 26s
    4. Creating a template to theme all blocks from a single module (block-module.tpl.php)
      3m 41s
    5. Creating a template to theme all blocks in a certain region (block-region.tpl.php)
      3m 16s
  11. 7m 33s
    1. Exploring the comments template (comment.tpl.php)
      5m 20s
    2. Exploring other core modules and their templates (other tpl.php files)
      2m 13s
  12. 10m 5s
    1. Removing unnecessary modules
      1m 43s
    2. Optimizing site performance
      2m 17s
    3. Streamlining site files for launch
      1m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting when a white screen appears instead of Drupal
      3m 15s
    5. Touring Drupal community groups
      1m 24s
  13. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes
4h 12m Intermediate Dec 08, 2009

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Drupal is widely recognized as a powerful back-end system for web sites, but Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes shows how the application can also be used to manage the look and feel of a web site. Web architect Chris Charlton introduces the core themes that ship with Drupal. He shows how to install and administer new themes, change color schemes, and add sub-themes to existing themes. He also demonstrates how to build a custom theme from scratch; integrate HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; and apply themes to specific nodes and blocks. Exercise files are included with this course.

Topics include:
  • Setting themes and theme permissions
  • Using the Color Module to change color schemes
  • Building sub-themes
  • Adding HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to themes
  • Understanding templates
  • Applying themes to pages, nodes, and blocks
Subjects:
Developer Web
Software:
Drupal
Author:
Chris Charlton

Setting the administration theme

Earlier, we learned that Drupal can have more than one theme enabled. A great use of this feature is when a site would like to have one theme for visitors, and one theme for its site administrators. In this video, I will show how to select an administration theme that only site admins will get to see, while everyone else will continue to see the default site theme. So to set the Drupal administration theme, we're going to be visiting a new screen that we have not seen yet in this course, and that's the Administration Theme page.

So starting from the Administer screen, we're going to click on Administration theme, which is its own link, and when we come to this page, we see two elements that we can set. The first is our choice of which theme will be the administration theme. So for this demo, let's choose Garland, and the option to view the Administration theme while editing content. I want to use this option as well. So check the box and click Save configuration. Now, nothing has changed for us yet, because Garland is actually also our site default name.

So now that we're changed the Administration theme, we can safely go choose another theme that everyone else will be able to view. To do that, we must go back to the Administer screen, so click Administer, then click Themes and now it will let you choose a new default site theme. So we're going to leave Garland enabled. So we're going to choose a theme that is different from Garland and one of the best choices for this demo will be Marvin. So we select Marvin to be enabled and to be the default theme.

Remember, leave Garland checked as enabled, go down and click Save configuration. And as we see, nothing has changed, but Drupal has set a message for us saying that the Administration theme is set to Garland. So this page remains unchanged. We will need to visit the homepage to see the Marvin theme being used for our front end. Now, if we go back, and just to prove it, I refresh my Administration screen, we're still in Garland. I go back.

Refresh the homepage. It's Marvin. So, let's click around and we see that Marvin is coming up for everything. But if we were to click the Administer link, we're back in Garland. So going back to the content, I want to show you now, when you edit a node, so I'm logged in and I get to see the tabs View and Edit. When I Edit this node, I'm now taken back to Garland, because I chose the option to use the Administration theme while editing content. So I'm not going to edit anything here. I am going to go back, click View and we see Marvin and this will be the last time we probably will get to use Marvin because everything we do from now on will be custom.

So let's close this screen and now let's set our Garland theme back to be the default theme and let's disable Marvin, because we won't need it any more. So go down, click Save configuration. A very important note about Administration themes. Before you install any new theme, you should definitely set the Administration theme first to a Drupal core theme, like Garland. The reason being, if you install a new theme without setting an Admin theme, you could potentially lock yourself out by accident.

This happens when the new theme does not have a particular feature or region expected by Drupal. By setting the Administration theme first, you avoid that scenario of getting locked out of your own website. Administration themes are not limited to the themes that come in Drupal core, and while any theme can be an Admin theme, I do recommend, strongly, that leaving Garland as the Administration theme is your best bet, since it's the most reliable theme for Administration screens.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes .


Expand all | Collapse all
please wait ...
Q: I'm editing the code in the file page.tpl.php as shown in the movie "Building a sub-theme: Adding custom theme regions":

<?php if ($content_top) ?>
<div id="content-top" class="clear-block">
<?php print $content_top ?>
</div>
<?php endif; ?>
 

But the browser shows the following error message: 
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ENDIF in /home/u/u5522419/www/drupal/sites/all/themes/subgarland/page.tpl.php on line 80.
A: The code is incorrect. (The syntax error, by the way, displayed indicates which line of code contains the error.) The line containing the IF statement is missing the colon character ( : ). It should read:
<?php if ($content_top): ?>
Q: I have a button in Flash, but Internet Explorer is blocking it from opening up. At the top of the window, a message appears saying "Pop-up blocked. To see this pop-up or additional options click here..."
What can I do to this button so that it opens a new browser window and keep IE from thinking it's an unauthorized pop-up?
A: To get around the pop-up blocker, try using the "_self" parameter in Flash. So instead of:
navigateToURL(myURL);
use:
navigateToURL(myURL, "_self");
 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Drupal 6: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.